Obama to visit PH on April 28-29: Cuisia

Posted at 04/11/14 4:21 PM

MANILA – United States President Barack Obama will arrive in the Philippines on April 28 as part of his visit to Asia, Philippine Ambassador to US Jose Cuisia confirmed.

Cuisia confirmed the dates during a business forum in Makati City today. He said Obama will leave the Philippines the following day, April 29.

He said Obama will meet with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to discuss defense and security cooperation, economic cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges, among others.

Obama's trip to Manila is part of his four-country Asian tour. He is also set to visit South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

The US leader was supposed to visit the Philippines in October 2013 but it was cancelled due to the US government shutdown.

Obama's visit to the Philippines comes as the latter is embroiled in a simmering row with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The US has for several times reiterated its commitment to its defense treaty with the Philippines, amid China's growing assertiveness in the disputed sea.

The Obama administration has sought to assert US' influence in the region with its so-called ''Asia pivot'' in the face of a growing China. - report from dzMM